Stories for May 18, 2009
A UCSD Med School professor says smoking cigarettes today is twice as likely to give you lung cancer as it was in the 1960s. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge has more.
San Diego County's legal challenge to California's medical marijuana law is over. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case. That means next month, county supervisors will consider a plan to issue I.D. cards to medical marijuana patients.
A national beach preservation group says Encinitas Beach is the best restored beach in the country. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us how the beach earned the award.
Are rattlesnake in San Diego County becoming more deadly? We'll explore why scientists think they are, and how to prevent becoming a victim of a snake bite.
Summer will be here before you know it. Our little ones are counting down the days until school lets out. When that happens, families will have to fill anywhere from eight to ten hours a day of child care. Summer isn't only a difficult time to plan and arrange child care, it's also the most expensive part of the year.
Why are voters not interested in Tuesday's Special Election? We'll explore the politics behind ballot-box budgeting and what the outcome of the election means for the state.
What will happen if the propositions on the statewide special election ballot fail on Tuesday? We speak to Marianne Russ in Sacramento about the mood in Sacramento, and the state's options for closing a budget shortfall of more than $21 billion.
What kind of turnout is expected for tomorrow's statewide special election? We speak to San Diego County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler about her preparations and expectations for the special election.
The Supreme Court won't hear another challenge to California's decade-old law permitting marijuana use for medical purposes. The high court on Monday refused to hear appeals from San Diego and San Bernardino counties, which say the justices have never directly ruled on whether California's law trumps the federal controlled substances laws.
Southland residents were relieved today that a magnitude 4.7 earthquake that struck near Los Angeles International Airport was not "the big one.'' The quake struck shortly before 8:40 p.m. Sunday, a mile east of Lennox, a mile south southeast of Inglewood and 10 miles south southwest of the Los Angeles Civic Center, according to Caltech.
The Marines known as "America's Battalion" are heading to Afghanistan. They are part of the 21,000 additional forces President Obama is deploying in the administration's new strategy for the war effort in Afghanistan. The mission of these Marines will take them to places American forces have rarely been in large numbers.
The San Diego Unified school board is considering how to move forward with a labor agreement that could give unions most of the jobs under a school bond measure.
The state senate has approved a measure that would ban smoking at all state parks and beaches in California. No other state has passed such a comprehensive smoking ban.
San Diego has a new riverside park. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us a family with nearly a century of history in Mission Valley made it possible.
North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris gives a recap of the Padres sweep over the Reds.